B E A U T I F Y and D E T O X I F Y (part two)

Formaldehyde is another commonly used chemical found in household cosmetic and personal products.

Today we will look at our second ingredient, Formaldehydewhat it is, what it does, where do you find it, and what can it lead us to.  We will look at the other chemicals in following days, 
if you care to read the blog daily.  

Formaldehyde, what is it?

According to OSHA

formaldehyde is defined as

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas often found in aqueous (water- based) solutions.
Also according to an online dictionary Formaldehyde (n.) is
1.(MeSH)A highly reactive aldehyde gas formed by oxidation or incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. In solution, it has a wide range of uses: in the manufacture of resins and textiles, as a disinfectant, and as a laboratory fixative or preservative. Formaldehyde solution (formalin) is considered a hazardous compound, and its vapor toxic. (From Reynolds, Martindale The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p. 717)

According to the CDC, Formaldehyde has Synonyms & Trade Names, such as:

     Formaldehyde, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, methylene glycol or methylene oxide. 

Formaldehyde, what does it do?
Commonly used as a preservative in medical laboratories and mortuaries, formaldehyde is also found in many products such as chemicals, particle board, household products, glues, permanent press fabrics, paper product coatings, fiberboard, and plywood. It is also widely used as an industrial fungicide, germicide and disinfectant. 

Formaldehyde, where do you find it?
Again this is where you come in.  Keep reading your labels at home for household cleaners and personal products, and see if you can find any of the following, contained in them:

Formaldehyde, Methanal, Methyl aldehyde, methylene glycol or methylene oxide. 

So one example is the new e-cigarettes that have been found in a study to contain formaldehyde and this is a known carcinogen.

Formaldehyde.  Where does it lead us to?
Get the facts from the Agency on Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.  Become informed.  Protect yourself, your family and friends.  Preserve your health.
Love to all, Nikki B.


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